Wasatch Pediatric Neuropsychology

Wasatch Pediatric Neuropsychology with Dr. Julien Smith, Dr. Lara Leishman and Dr. Julia Jacobs provides pediatric (infants, toddlers and school age) and adolescent (teenagers to young adults) neuropsychological consultation and assessment services for those with known or suspected neurological injury or compromise and/or neurodevelopmental disorders such as: 

  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Neurological conditions or injury
  • Genetic and/or metabolic disorders
  • Hematology/oncology disorders
  • Chronic medical conditions
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Developmental Delays
  • Sensory disorders (hearing, vision, sensory integration)
  • Learning disabilities and problems
  • Language disorders
  • Visual Spatial and motor deficits
  • ADHD/ Tic disorders
  • Complex psychiatric disorders

What is a neuropsychological evaluation and why might one be helpful for my child?

The goal of a neuropsychological evaluation is to obtain detailed information regarding a child’s cognitive abilities, behavioral, psychological, and social functioning.  Results may confirm or clarify a diagnosis, detect changes in functioning over time, identify strengths and weakness to guide rehabilitation or educational and vocational services, offer intervention or compensatory strategies, and/or suggest referrals to other specialists.

 

A neuropsychological evaluation can be helpful in understanding more about your child’s neurocognitive functioning so that specific and directed interventions can be developed and implemented to optimize development and functional independence.  With better information about how a person cognitively operates, treatment team members can work to improve an individual’s ability to process information and better respond to the demands of daily life.

 

Skill areas that are assessed often include:

  • Intellectual functioning
  • Academic achievement and school readiness
  • Attention/Concentration
  • Receptive/expressive language
  • Visual perceptual skills
  • Fine and gross motor skills
  • Sensorimotor skills
  • New learning and memory
  • Organization, planning & problem solving4
  • Behavior
  • Social skills
  • Personality & emotional functioning

Dr. Smith is paneled with several insurance carriers, including, but not limited to:

  • Select Health/Select Med
  • Children’s Health Insurance Program
  • Public Employees Health Plan
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield
  • Deseret Mutual Benefits Association
  • Aetna
  • TriCare/TriWest
  • Educators Mutual (EMI)

 Dr. Leishman is paneled with several insurance carriers, including, but not limited to:

 

  • Public Employees Health Plan
  • Select Health
  • Children's Health Insurance Program
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield
  • Aetna

Dr. Jacobs is paneled with several insurance carriers, including, but not limited to:

  • Public Employees Health Plan
  • TriCare/TriWest
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield
  • Aetna